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by CFP Staff
The Wolf Pack wrapped up their season on a down note, losing three of their last four games to finish 7-6 when it was appearing they would take over a WAC championship trophy. But Nevada tied for 2nd with Utah State with a 5-2 conference mark, behind Louisiana Tech, after losing to the Bulldogs and Aggies on the last two Saturdays of November.
This was the 10th consecutive bowl trip for Southern Miss, and 14th in the last 15 seasons. None of those previous campaigns ended with more than 9 victories and half of them saw the team finish with just 7 wins. This season's two losses are the school's fewest since Curley Hallman's 1988 squad went 10-2.
Fedora accepted the head coaching job at North Carolina on December 8. Southern Miss announced Ellis Johnson as its new head coach on December 20. The South Carolina defensive coordinator will head to Hattiesburg after South Carolina's appearance against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl on January 2.
The Golden Eagles finished 34-19 in Fedora's 4 seasons at the helm.
The Wolf Pack were making a bowl appearance for the seventh consecutive year and third in the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl since 2005.
80% of CollegeFootballPoll.com voters picked Southern Miss to win, but the Congrove Computer Rankings projected the Golden Eagles as mere 1.97 point favorites in what it forecasted to be the bowl season's 9th-closest matchup.